Miami Law Hosts Prestigious International Law Society Meeting

Miami Law Hosts Prestigious International Law Society Meeting

By Catharine Skipp

Miami Law Hosts Prestigious International Law Society Meeting

By Catharine Skipp
The American Society of International Law draws top practitioners and authors from around the world to present scholarship and discuss international law.

Miami Law will host the American Society of International Law's Midyear Meeting November 10-12. The meeting will feature keynote addresses by Diego García-Sayán, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and former president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and Jean Michel Arrighi, Secretary for Legal Affairs at the Organization of American States. Several Miami Law faculty will participate as presenters and discussants. 

Miami Law’s Kathleen Claussen, co-chair of the midyear meeting together with Pedro J. Martínez-Fraga, partner at Bryan Cave, noted that Miami Law won the bid to host the meeting after a competitive process.  “It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome the international law community to the law school,” Claussen said. “Students tell us that they come to Miami Law for our extensive international law offerings, so it only makes sense for us to further enhance their learning experience by bringing ASIL to our campus.”

ASIL, founded in 1906 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1950, fosters the study of international law and promotes establishing and maintaining international relations based on law and justice.

The midyear meeting encompasses several events, including leadership meetings of the Society's Executive Council and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 75 authors; and the Practitioners' Forum, taking place at the Miami offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

“The midyear meeting is the society’s premier event of the fall,” said Greg Shaffer, president of ASIL and Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.  “We are delighted to be back in Miami—the location of the Society’s inaugural midyear meeting more than a decade ago—for our first meeting back in person after a two-year hiatus. This one promises to be among the largest and most exciting ever.”

With one of the largest number of faculty members who teach or do scholarly research in the area of international law of any American law school, the University of Miami School of Law is renowned for its Global and International Law Program. The program empowers students to tackle transnational legal challenges, to address significant issues of international law and practice, and to engage with global policy issues relating to climate change, migration, trade and finance, and health.

Arrighi will deliver "The Legal Fictions of International Law," and García-Sayán will address "The Independence of Judges and Lawyers."

Miami Law’s Pablo Rueda-Saiz serves on the meeting host committee.  “It is a special privilege for the law school to sponsor keynote speaker Diego García-Sayán, who will give remarks at the welcome reception on November 11,” he said.  “Our favorable location allows us to engage with international legal scholars throughout the hemisphere. This year it enables us to bring internationally renowned leaders like Special Rapporteur García-Sayán to the law school.”

Registration is now open for the meeting to be held Thursday to Saturday, November 10-12, at ASIL Law Firm Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (Thursday, November 10) and ASIL Academic Partner University of Miami School of Law (Friday & Saturday, November 11-12). Registration includes access to the Practitioners' Forum (Thursday) and the Research Forum (Friday and Saturday) and all breaks, lunches, and receptions, including a closing reception providing exclusive access to the internationally acclaimed Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood. A registration option to attend only the Practitioners' Forum is now available.

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